Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) 1914 National Encampment in Detroit, Michigan Badge

Summary

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), a Union veterans' organization formed in 1866, held state and national conventions or "encampments" where members could reunite with other Civil War veterans. Encampment attendees--sporting badges and other insignia--paraded through town, gathered at receptions, toured local attractions, and reminisced about shared wartime experiences. The G.A.R. sponsored these meetings for over 80 years.

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), a Union veterans' organization formed in 1866, held state and national conventions or "encampments" where members could reunite with other Civil War veterans. Encampment attendees--sporting badges and other insignia--paraded through town, gathered at receptions, toured local attractions, and reminisced about shared wartime experiences. The G.A.R. sponsored these meetings for over 80 years.

Artifact

Badge

Date Made

1914

Subject Date

1914

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2003.0.5.91

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Medal
Brass (Alloy)
Ribbon (Material)
Silk (Textile)

Color

Blue
Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 3.25 in

Width: 1.5 in

Inscriptions

obverse, clasp: JULY-24-1701/DETROIT/1914/AUG.31/SEPT.5 obverse, medal:GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC / 1861 VETERAN 1866 / 48TH NATIONAL GAR ENCAMPMENT reverse, medal: P.H. NOBLE & CO / CHICAGO